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gluten free pistachio cookies

Gluten Free Crispy Pistachio Cookies

Pistachios are one of my favorite grains, its natural fat along with super aroma and crunchiness makes a winner flavor, so you can see why I’m trying to integrate pistachio into as many recipes as possible.

I was asked by a friend to bring gluten free pistachio cookies to a dinner party, usually the gluten free cookies I make don’t contain pistachio however I was just in the market and brought half a kilo of them and wanted to get them into the batter, this was challenging but the outcome was totally worth it.

The idea for these cookies is coming from the French pastry world, from the macaroon family, with a big difference, the batter in these cookies is very light and runny so the cookies almost have no body, just enough to keep their shape.

gluten free pistachio cookies

The pistachios

Adding the nutty pistachio flavor to these cookies is in 2 forms, the first one is by grinding pistachios into flour and the second addition is coming from the pistachio paste added to the mixture.

When added a store-bought pistachio paste make sure you taste it before added to the  batter, in some versions they are very sweet, making a pistachio paste at home is the preferred method as well as the most delicious way of consuming this paste, not to mention the cheapest…by far.

When making the pistachio flour the pistachios are baked for about 10 minutes, this will extract their aroma and intensify their flavor, it’s not a must but highly recommended.

gluten free pistachio cookies

Gluten free pistachio cookies – the batter

similar to a macaroon preparation, the egg whites are whisked until firm but unlike the macaroon when we try to get them as firm as possible here I whisk them into soft peaks in order for the cookie to be runny and flat.

gluten free pistachio cookies

For your comfort, I recommend using a piping bag, it is easier to get the batter in a clean way to the baking sheet, however it is also possible to spoon a small portion.


gluten free pistachio cookies


2/3 cup/60g ground almond

55g/2oz. pistachios

80g/ 3oz. powdered sugar

2 large egg whites

pinch of cream of tartar

30g/ 1 oz. granulated sugar

1 tsp. green food coloring

2 tbsp. pistachio paste



In a food processor or blender, ground the pistachios into a powder.

gluten free pistachio cookies


Sift together the ground almonds, ground pistachios and powdered sugar until smooth, place a side.

gluten free pistachio cookies


In a stand mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites for 2 minutes on low speed, add the sugar in a slow steady drizzle and toss in the cream of tartar.
Increase the speed to medium and mix for a few more minutes into soft peaks.
Add the food coloring a and whisk for 30 more seconds until combined and add to the almond pistachio blend.

gluten free pistachio cookies


Gently, blend the dry ingredients with the egg whites moving your spatula softly in a circular movement from the bottom towards to top.
Keep on mixing until the batter combines, about 2-3 minutes of mixing.
Add the pistachio paste and mix for 1 more minute.

gluten free pistachio cookies


Pour the mixture into a piping bag and create small rectangular cookie shapes round 3cm/ 1 1/2 inches.

gluten free pistachio cookies


Place the cookies to rest for 30 minutes in order for the top layer to become stable and dry, you can test it by touching the cookies, it should not be sticky when the top dries out.

gluten free pistachio cookies


Preheat the oven to 150°c/300°F.
Bake the cookies for 12-16 minutes and place a side to cool for 20 minutes before serving.

gluten free pistachio cookies

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